April 11th 2010 – 2nd Sunder of Easter

Thomas, called the Twin, who was one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. When the disciples said, 'We have seen the Lord', he answered, 'Unless I see the holes that the nails made in his hands and can put my finger into the holes they made, and unless I can put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe' –  John 20:23-25
Not everyone is fully sure about the Resurrection or what it fully means.  But one thing is absolutely certain and that is that the Resurrection is the corner stone of our faith.  It's the hinge on which we rest everything.  We all have our doubts and questions.    That's why we should not be so hard on Thomas better known as 'Doubting Thomas'.  He holds all our questions and doubts.
The message is not to be discouraged.  Hold onto them, live them and give them time.  This is what Thomas did and marked him out, not just as a believer but marked him out as an open, honest and genuine believer.  God always appreciates such openness and honesty.  We all could do well to follow.

Easter Garden
Big numbers have been coming to visit the Easter Garden. Our thanks to those who put it together.  It gives us all food for thought – 'The Lord is truly risen, Alleluia!'

Easter Thanks
As it would be impossible to mention by name so many of our generous parishioners who have helped in various ways towards making our Easter celebrations here in Christ the King experiences of community and blessing – we simply offer sincere thanks to all involved in all the ceremonies. We pray that they and all of us will each know the joy of the Resurrection in our own hearts during this season of new life, thanksgiving and hope.

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society:
will meet this Tues. 13th April in the Parish Centre  at 7.30pm

Parish Assembly:

will meet this Monday 12th April in the Parish Centre at 8pm.

Deaths: We remember in our prayers  Rose O’Flynn, Derrynane Rd., Betty Conboye, Loreto Pk. and Lana Martin, O’Connell Ave who died recently. We extend our sympathy and prayers to their families.

Trócaire Boxes:
can be returned at the Masses  or to the Sacristy during the week

Easter Triduum:  Because of the Funeral last Tuesday the final Mass of the Easter Triduum will be celebrated this Monday at 10am.   Cards for those doing Exams are available in the Sacristy.

Confirmation Retreat: The young people preparing for Confirmation will be on Retreat this Thurs. 15th April in the Nemo Complax, Trabeg.  We gather there at 9am. That evening in Christ King Church there will be a special Mass and Service of Light with the young people and their parents at 7.30pm

Alzheimer Society:, meeting of the Saturday Club, from 2pm until 4pm on Sat.17th April  at Bessboro Day Care Centre.  Mark Tyrrell of UCC Department of Nursing will give a talk entitled “Understanding Behaviours in Dementia”. Light refreshments provided.  Free Admission.  All Welcome   Contact 021 4972504

The Pastoral Letter of Pope Benedict to the Catholics of Ireland is available at the back of the Church
The Irish Catholic, The Universe, and Catholic Times are also available

"Do This in Memory."
The Parent Representatives of the Four First Holy Communion Classes will meet in Fr. Charlie's House on this Mon.12th April. at 7.30pm.  The next Do this in Memory Mass will be on the next Sun. 18th April. at 10.30am

Evening on Promotion of Vocations  Open Invitation to all parishes to a Resource Evening on Promoting Vocations.
Venue: The Way of the Cross Church, Togher.
Speaker: Joseph Merrick,  St Joseph's Young Priest's Society and Bishop John Buckley.
Wed. April 14th at 8pm. All Welcome.

Divine Mercy Sunday
During the course of Jesus' revelations to Saint Faustina on the Divine Mercy, He asked that a feast day be dedicated to the Divine Mercy and that this feast be celebrated each year on the Sunday after Easter.
From the diary of young young Polish nun Sister Faustina a special devotion began spreading throughout the world in the 1930s. The message is nothing new, but is a reminder of what the Church has always taught through scripture and tradition: that God is merciful and forgiving and that we, too, must show mercy and forgiveness. But in the Divine Mercy devotion, the message takes on a powerful new focus, calling people to a deeper understanding that God’s love is unlimited and available to everyone — especially the greatest sinners.
The message of mercy is that God loves us — all of us —no matter how great our sins. He wants us to recognize that  His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will  call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to  others. May we all come to share His joy.